GM has fixed 154,731 of 2.59M cars in ignition recall, House panel says

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WASHINGTON (Bloomberg) -- General Motors has repaired 154,731 cars of the 2.59 million recalled worldwide to fix a defective ignition switch tied to 13 fatalities, according to a memo released by U.S. congressional investigators.

The company has shipped 396,253 repair kits globally, the House Energy and Commerce Committee said today. GM expects all repair parts will be manufactured by Oct. 4, the committee said.

CEO Mary Barra is scheduled to return to Congress on Wednesday to address lawmakers’ unanswered questions about why GM waited so long to recall the cars, which have ignitions that can abruptly be knocked out of “run,” disabling their air bags.

Barra will be joined by Anton Valukas, the Jenner and Block attorney who this month completed an internal review at GM of what happened. The report showed that multiple GM employees had chances spanning more than a decade to fix the part its designer, Ray DeGiorgio, eventually labeled the “switch from hell.”

Why GM accepted an ignition switch that didn’t meet its specifications and why so many company employees didn’t consider stalling a safety issue are some of the questions House lawmakers will focus on, according to the memo.

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